AgDay Daily Recap -September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 10:02 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

HEADLINES

TODAY ON AGDAY -A HEARING ON CAPITOL HILL RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION. IN AGRIBUSINESS...LOOKING AT CHEAP FEED'S IMPACT ON CATTLE MARKETS. THE PACKER TV LOOKS AT CHANGES TO A BUSY WEST COAST PORT. AND COMBINING PASSIONS FROM THE FARM. MEET A WISCONSIN DAIRYWOMAN CAPTURING PERFECT MOMENTS FROM BEHIND THE LENS OF A CAMERA.

 

AG MERGER CONGRESSIONAL MEETINGS

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. LEADERS FROM 5 OF THE NATION'S LARGEST AG COMPANIES FINDING THEIR WAY TO CAPITOL HILL TO FACE QUESTIONS ABOUT A TREND TOWARD INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION. CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHUCK GROSSLY CALLING THE HEARING. LEADERS WITH DOW, DUPONT, BAYER, MONSANTO AND SYNGENTA WERE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS REGARDING RECENT MERGER AND ACQUISITION PLANS. FARM AND INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE ALSO REPRESENTED AT THE HEARING. AS LEGISLATORS VOLLEYED QUESTIONS TO THE GROUP REGARDING CONSOLIDATION, COMPETITION AND HOW IT MAY IMPACT BOTH FARMERS AND CONSUMERS. I POSE A QUESTION WHETHER SOME MERGERS ARE SIMPLY TOO BIG TO FIX. BIG MERGERS RAISING BIG CONCERNS FOR CONSOLIDATING AG INDUSTRY. WELL EACH OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS WILL BE INVESTIGATED INDIVIDUALLY THE CONTEXT OF THESE DEALS TAKING PLACE CONCURRENTLY IT'S ALSO VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONSIDER DURING OUR DISCUSSIONS TODAY. EXACTLY THE SENTIMENT FROM SOME FARM GROUPS DURING THE HEARING. I THINK THE CHALLENGE THAT WE FACE AS AN INDUSTRY IS HAVING ALL OF THESE OCCUR AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME A REMEDY THAT WOULD RESTORE THIS LOSS OF COMPETITION WOULD REQUIRE MASSIVE DIVESTITURES VIABLE BUYERS WITH SCALE AND SCOPE WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO FIND OUTSIDE THE BIG SIX. LEADERS OF THE COMPANY'S STRESSING THE BENEFITS OF COMBINED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. SO BRINGING TOGETHER THE INNOVATION ENGINES OF DUPONT AND DOW INTO ONE COMPANY FULLY FOCUSED ON AGRICULTURE, ALLOWS US TO EXPAND THE CHOICES AND THE COMPETITIVE PRICE VALUES THAT FARMERS DEMAND IN A WAY THAT WE COULD NOT DO INDEPENDENTLY AND AN IMPROVED ABILITY TO DELIVER NEW TECHNOLOGY. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO WE SPENT ABOUT THREE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS ON R AND D TODAY WE SPEND OVER A BILLION A HALF DOLLARS A YEAR.

AGRICULTURAL COMPANIES LIKE OURS NEED TO INVEST MORE IF WE EXPECT TO DELIVER WHAT FARMERS NEED AND DO IT FASTER BUT LICENSING THAT TECHNOLOGY AND WHO CONTROLS IT MAKES HIS WAY INTO THE DISCUSSION. IT ESSENTIALLY PUTS CERTAIN COMPANIES WHO OWN THESE TRAITS IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT IN TERMS OF FIGURING OUT WHO GETS ACCESS TO THEM. THE COMMENT THAT WAS MADE EARLIER ABOUT

MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S AN OPEN PROCESS FOR ACCESS TO THOSE VERY IMPORTANT THOUGH IT'S BEEN WILDLY SUCCESSFUL FOR US AND WE WOULD HAVE NO PLANS TO DISCONTINUE THAT. THE PANEL ALSO RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT STATE OWNED CHEMCHINA AND ITS PLANNED PURCHASE OF SYNGENTA LEADING TO THE POTENTIAL FOR PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT CHEMCHINA NOW HAS A DIRECT PIPELINE OR HARDLINE INTO A U S COMPETITORS COULD POTENTIALLY SHAPE OR CONTROL OR WHAT SYNGENTA DOES IN

TERMS OF COMPETITION HOW IT COLLABORATES WITH RIVALS THE TYPES OF PRODUCTS THAT IT INNOVATES NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN FARMER OR CONSUMER BUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CHINESE FARMER AND CONSUMER. WITH THIS ACQUISITION I THINK THE GOOD NEWS IS CHINA IS MORE INCENTED TO IMPROVE THEIR REGULATORY PROCESS BECAUSE THEY'LL BE INVESTED HEAVILY IN TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE WHICH I THINK IS A GOOD THING FOR ALL OF US CHEM CHINA'S LEADERSHIP WAS INVITED TO THE HEARING BUT DECLINED TO ATTEND.

 

PORK BOARD LEADING THE WAY ON DISEASE RESISTANCE

WHEN THE VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE RULE GOES INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY FIRST, THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD SAYS IT WILL BE READY TO LEAD THE CONVERSATION ON ANTI-BIOTIC RESISTANCE. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION ISSUED A FINAL RULE IN ITS EFFORT TO COMBAT RESISTANCE. THE VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE ENDS THE USE OF CERTAIN ANTIBIOTICS FOR GROWTH PROMOTION IN LIVESTOCK. ALSO VETERINARIANS MUST APPROVE A FARMERS USE OF THE MEDICINES TO ENSURE ANIMAL HEALTH. THE PORK CHECKOFF ISSUED ITS THREE-POINT STRATEGY IN 2015. SINCE THEN, THE CHECKOFF SAYS IT HAS CONTINUED ITS RESEARCH AND CONSUMER EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. "SO WE'VE BEEN OUT TALKING WITH PRODUCERS AND WHEN I'M OUT TALKING WITH THEM, I GET A NUMBER OF THEM THAT COME UP TO ME AND SAY WE'VE ALREADY MADE THOSE CHANGES. WE KNOW WHAT'S COMING WITH CHANGES FDA IS ASKING FOR. WE'VE ALREADY REMOVED THOSE HUMAN MEDICALLY IMPORTANT ANTIBIOTICS AS GROWTH HORMONES. WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN THOSE OUT. WE'VE ALREADY FIGURED OUT HOW TO HAVE PRODUCTION WITHOUT THOSE ANTIBIOTICS IN PLACE." N-P-B NAMED A THIRD-PARTY PANEL OF NON-FARM EXPERTS TO PROVIDE INDEPENDENT ADVICE TO THE BOARD ON RESEARCH AND EDUCATION.

PEDV IN CANADA
MEANWHILE A VIRUS THAT KILLED EIGHT MILLION PIGLETS IN THE UNITED STATES TWO YEARS AGO HAS REAPPEARED IN CANADA'S MANITOBA PROVINCE. THIS IS THE FIRST ON-FARM CASE OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA IN OVER THREE MONTHS, IT WAS DISCOVERED IN A SOW BARN. MANITOBA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO FOR PEDV IN CANADA. ANITOBA'S CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER SAYS SAMPLES ARE BEING TAKEN AT OTHER HOG OPERATIONS WITHIN A FIVE-KILOMETER OF THE INFECTED SITE. THE PED VIRUS IS QUITE FATAL IN VERY YOUNG PIGS. BUT OLDER ANIMALS TYPICALLY RECOVER.  THE GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSING ITS INVESTIGATION ON LIVESTOCK TRUCKS AS A POSSIBLE SOURCE OF THE VIRUS.

OPPONENTS OF TTIP PROTEST
ANTI-TRADE PROTESTERS GATHERED IN BRUSSELS TUESDAY TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST TWO PROPOSED EUROPEAN UNION TRADE DEALS -ONE WITH CANADA, THE OTHER WITH THE UNITED STATES. THE PROTESTORS HOPE THE GROUNDSWELL OF OPPOSITION TO T-TIP WILL HAVE A SIMILIAR IMPACT ON A TRADE PACT WITH CANADA, KNOWN AS CETA CRITICS SAY THE DEALS WOULD HURT LABOR AND CONSUMER RIGHTS WHILE UNDERMINING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. SUPPORTERS SAY THE DEALS PROVIDE ACCESS TO NEW PRODUCTS. " ... CETA IS NOT GOING TO IMPOSE US TO EAT HORMONE BEEF OR HORMONE CHICKEN OR CHLORINATED CHICKEN, ALL THESE KIND OF THINGS. SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO EAT THE PRODUCTS WE EAT IN EUROPE."WE NEED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST, EVEN IF IN SOME CASES IT MEANS THAT IT LIMITS TRADE". SANTOS MADE REFERENCE TO CHLORINATED CHICKEN. U-S REGULATIONS ALLOW POULTRY TO BE TREATED BY A CHLORINE-BASED BATH TO KILL PATHOGENS. NEGOTIATING TEAMS FROM BOTH SIDES WILL CONTINUE THE T-TIP TALKS IN EARLY OCTOBER IN NEW YORK.

 

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES. RAIN TO THE NORTH...AND RAIN TO THE SOUTH...CAUSING SOME HARVEST CHALLENGES FOR FARMERS. MIKE HOFFMAN EXPLAINS IN THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. WE HEARD FROM A FARMER IN WACO, TEXAS WHO'S TRYING TO GET HIS COTTON CROP READY FOR PICKING. CHRIS HOLY SENT THIS PHOTO A COUPLE DAYS AGO. HE SAYS HE HAD ABOUT A HALF HOUR LEFT TO FINISH DEFOLIATING HIS COTTON...AND THEN THE RAIN SHOWS-UP. FORCING HIM OUT OF THE FIELD. AND FROM GOODHUE COUNTY MINNESOTA, FARMER TIM MACK SHOWS US HIS EARLY PUMPKIN HARVEST. HE SAYS WITH ALL THE WET AND HUMID WEATHER, THEY WERE SEEING A LOT MORE STEM ROT THAN NORMAL SO THEY MADE AN EXTRA EFFORT TO GET THE PUMPKINS OFF THE FIELD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AS FAR AS ROW CROPS -HE HOPES TO START SOYBEAN HARVEST IN TEN DAYS. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP TODAY YOU CAN SEE A STATIONARY FRONT FROM WEST TO EAST THAT WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR SOME THUNDERSTORMS AND THE NEXT TROPICAL SYSTEM IN THE EAST COAST AND COMING INTO THE SOUTHWEST WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST FOR THOSE SYSTEMS BUT NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. MYFARMTV IS THE GO TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. THE BEST NEWS, MARKET ANALYSIS AND STORIES FROM RURAL AMERICA IS NOW IN YOUR HANDS. WATCH IT ON YOUR PHONE, TABLET, OR DESKTOP ANYWHERE ANYTIME. DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY.

 

TEASE

WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL CHECK ON THE CATTLE MARKET AND WHY CHEAP FEED COULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON MARKETS LONGER TERM. LATER WE FIND A YOUNG WISCONSIN WOMAN WHO HAS FOUND A CAREER BY COMBINING HER TWO LOVES -FARMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY. AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA -MAKERS OF VIKING SIDEBY-SIDES. YAMAHA -REAL WORLD TOUGH.

 

FROM THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY -GRAINS WERE HIGHER BUT CATTLE WERE DOWN TUESDAY. LET'S GET A CHECK ON THE CLOSE FROM THE CME. GRAIN MARKETS IN CHICAGO HIGHER ACROSS THE BOARD ON TUESDAY. CORN MARKET'S RALLY A GOOD TWENTY FIVE CENTS FROM ITS LATE AUGUST LOWS. SO THE ROW CROP MARKETS IS ACTING REALLY WELL HERE. THAT BEING SAID I DON'T THINK THAT WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF HARVEST PRESSURE JUST YET YOU KNOW I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST REAL BIG WEEK OF CORN HARVEST AND ALSO SOYBEAN HARVEST IN THIS COUNTRY. SO WE COULD STILL SEE THAT PRESSURE LATER THIS WEEK INTO NEXT WEEK AND I THINK WILL KIND OF KNOW WHETHER OR NOT WE'VE SEEN A HARVEST LOW YOU KNOW DURING THAT FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER. LIVESTOCK MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO WERE MIXED ON TUESDAY WE HAD A TWO SIDED TRADE IN THE CATTLE MARKET SAME THING IN THE FEEDER CATTLE MARKET AND SAME THING IN THE HOG MARKET SO NOT A WHOLE LOT OF DIRECTION HERE BUT I WILL SAY IS THAT THE HOG MARKET HAS BEEN VERY VERY WEAK. WE POSTED THE NEW MULTI MONTH LOW CLOSES THERE ON MONDAY EARLY THIS WEEK. WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO CHEW THROUGH WHAT IT IS VERY A REALLY A VERY BIG SUPPLY BASE HERE NEAR TERM. CASH CATTLE MARKET DID IMPROVE A LITTLE BIT LAST WEEK. WE SAW SOME CASH CATTLE TRADE ONE-TEN. AND BOXED BEEF MARKET HAS NOT DONE A WHOLE LOT AT THE WHOLESALE LEVEL SO IT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT WE COULD BE RANGEBOUND, MAYBE EVEN SEE SOME LOWER PRICES SHORT TERM. BUT LONG TERM I THINK TOWARD THE END OF THE YEAR AND INTO EARLY TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN WE COULD BE IN STORE FOR SOME BETTER THINGS HOPEFULLY. AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK STANDARD GRAIN FROM THE FLOOR OF CME GROUP.

 

LIVESTOCK MARKET ANALYSIS

DUWAYNE BOSSE FROM BOLT MARKETING OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY. DUWAYNE LET'S TALK ABOUT THE LIVESTOCK MARKET AND ONE THING I THINK A LOT OF OUR END USERS ARE LOOKING AT IS THE FACT THAT GRAIN PRICES WERE DOWN FEED IS PRETTY CHEAP, RELATIVELY CHEAP AND THEY HAVE TO FEED THAT TO THEIR LIVESTOCK RIGHT? RIGHT AND YOU MENTION CHEAP FEED THAT'S WHAT SCARES THE HECK OUT OF ME BEING A LIVESTOCK HEDGER HERE. RIGHT NOW OUR CARCASS WEIGHTS ARE BELOW LAST TWO POUNDS THIS WEEK CHEAP FEED USUALLY EQUALS HIGHER CARCASS WEIGHTS. AH RIGHT AND YOU AND I WERE TALKING EARLIER WE ALREADY KNOW THE INVENTORY IS THERE... HERD EXPANSION HAPPEN FASTER IN ANYONE REALIZED I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT NOW BUT IF GUYS START PRODUCING MORE POUNDS ON THESE CARCASSES BECAUSE OF CHEAP FEED JUST WHY NOT FEED THEM LONGER NOW MAKING MONEY ANYWAY WELL THEN THESE CATTLE PRICES WHICH I THINK HAVE MADE A LOW IF CARCASS WEIGHTS GO UP THEN MAYBE WE HAVEN'T MADE A LOW. I'M AFRAID WE'RE GOING TO GO BELOW A HUNDRED THEN MAYBE DOWN TO NINETY OF CARCASS WEIGHTS GET REALLY LARGE BECAUSE I WAS THERE WE'RE USING UP AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT CARCASS WEIGHTS MEAN MORE POUNDS YEAH ABSOLUTELY AND HOW DOES THAT RIPPLE DOWN THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE THE SUPPLY CHAIN HERE. WE ARE STARTING TO BRING CALVES OFF FOR FALL AND YEAH RIGHT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW BRING A LOT OF CALVES AND PUT THEM ON BACKGROUND WITH CHEAP CORN YOU KNOW EVEN YOUR COW CALF GUYS MAY BE GOING BACK GROUND HIS CALVES A LITTLE BIT LONGER SO THEY GO IN THE FEEDLOT A LITTLE HEAVIER AS WELL TO BUT THE THING ON THE CATTLE MARKET HERE IS I REALLY THINK WE MIGHT BE MAKING IT A LONG TERM CYCLE LOW HERE. HERD EXPANSION IS ALREADY HAPPENED AND WE'RE ACTUALLY FEEDING MORE

HEIFERS THAN PEOPLE REALIZE RIGHT NOW...I SAW THAT... SO I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE HERD EXPANSION AND THAT'S HUGE BUT WE ALSO NEED EXPORTS AND THEY ARE PICKING UP BUT THAT'S A SLOW PROCESS WE'RE NOT JUST GOING TO GO UP TWENTY DOLLARS BECAUSE EXPORTS WERE GOOD. BUT IMPORTS WERE DOWN SO HOPEFULLY WITH A LOWER PRICE MAYBE WE CAN INCREASE EXPORTS AND FIND A HAPPY MIDDLE GROUND. IT LOOKS VERY GOOD THAT THE CYCLE LOW IS GONNA HOLD AS LONG AS WE DON'T PUT ON TOO MUCH CARCASS WEIGHT. SO I'M GOING TO WATCH IT REALLY CLOSE. ALL RIGHT

DUWAYNE. APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MINUTE.

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WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE LOOKING AT THE WEATHER MAP HERE OF SEVERAL FEATURES PROMINENT HERE ON THE MAP. AND I THINK THE BIG ONE LATER IN WEEK IS GOING TO BE THAT STORM SYSTEM OUT WEST. THAT IS GOING TO A COME TOGETHER WITH SOME TROPICAL MOISTURE AND PROBABLY PUT DOWN A FAIR AMOUNT OF RAIN IN PARTS OF THE PLAINS. BUT THAT'S LATER IN THE WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND SO RIGHT NOW WE STILL HAVE SOME DECENT MOISTURE MID ATLANTIC STATES STILL A EX-TROPICAL SYSTEM THERE AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO COUNT A ROTATE WITH SOME SHOWERS AND STORMS. THIS ONE DOESN'T LOOKED LIKE IT HAS TOO MUCH MOISTURE AROUND ANOTHER HURRICANE AS WELL BUT THAT WILL BE FEEDING THAT MOISTURE INTO THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND EVENTUALLY THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE SOME RAIN AND PROBABLY A FAIR AMOUNT OF IT IS A COMES OUT OF THE ROCKIES INTO THE PLAINS BUT IN THE MEANTIME SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS KINDA ROLLING ALONG A STATIONARY FRONT OCCASIONALLY LOT OF THEM WILL STAY NORTH OF THE FRONT BUT SOME OF THEM WILL PROBABLY COME A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OTHERWISE. YOU CAN SEE IT'S JUST WARM AND HUMID IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, SOUTHEAST AND THAT THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE THAT WAY WITH A STATIONARY FRONT TO THE NORTH. A LITTLE BIT COOLER TO THE NORTH OF THIS FRONT OBVIOUSLY BUT THERE WILL BE THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS RIDING ALONG THAT FRONT FROM THE DAKOTAS INTO PARTS OF IOWA, MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, NORTHERN ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN AND MAYBE EVEN NORTHERN INDIANA. BUT THERE'S A SYSTEM STARTING TO GET ITS ACT TOGETHER AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW MORNING BY TOMORROW EVENING WITH STILL NO MOISTURE INTO THE PLAINS WITH THIS THING YET BUT A BOY HE GET TROPICAL MOISTURE FEEDING INTO THAT AND IT'S ALREADY A PRETTY BIG SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE A LOT OF RAIN LATER IN THE WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND. THERE ARE THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS. HEAVIEST AMOUNTS IN MID ATLANTIC WITH THAT SYSTEM SITTING NOW OFF THE MID ATLANTIC SHORE. AND YOU CAN SEE OVER THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS, WE'LL ADD SOME THERE. OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS PUTTING DOWN SIX INCHES OR MORE IN A STRIP FROM MINNESOTA INTO PARTS OF WISCONSIN. THAT'S SOMETHING WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH IF YOU CONTINUE TO GET ONE THUNDERSTORM AFTER ANOTHER NORTH OF THAT STATIONARY FRONT THAT COULD GET BAD. BUT AGAIN THIS IS JUST A COMPUTER MODEL AT THIS POINT BUT SOMETHING TO WATCH THERE THE TEMPS THIS AFTERNOON EIGHTIES AND NINETIES SOUTH OF THE FRONT. SIXTIES SEVENTIES NORTHWARD FROM THERE. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL BE MORE OF THE SAME WITH THE COOL READINGS ALONG THE CANADIAN BORDER ALL THE WAY INTO THE NORTHEAST AND STILL PRETTY MUGGY FROM A SAINT LOUIS AND CINCINNATI SOUTHWARD TOWARD THE GULF COAST. HIGHS TOMORROW SAME IDEA WITH A STATIONARY FRONT NOT MOVING A LOT. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE JET STREAM. THERE'S THE REASON FOR THAT BIG STORM OUT WEST. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS THIS THING KINDA CUTS OFF BECOMES A BOWLING BALL A LITTLE BIT, KIND OF LOOKS LIKE IT'S WEAKENING OVER THE WEEKEND. AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN OUR MODEL IS NOW SHOWING A A CUTOFF NEXT WEEK. MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK WHICH COULD CAUSE A LOT OF RAIN AGAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.

FIRST OF ALL FOR HOBBS NEW MEXICO PARTLY SUNNY RATHER WARM TODAY HIGH TEMP OF EIGHTY EIGHT. MANKATO MINNESOTA HUMID WITH A STRONG THUNDERSTORM OR TWO HIGH OF SEVENTY EIGHT. AND LAKE CITY FLORIDA PARTLY SUNNY A SHOWER THUNDERSTORM IN A FEW SPOTS HIGHER AROUND NINETY DEGREES.

 

 

TEASE
WE'LL CHECK IN ON THE PRODUCE INDUSTRY WITH HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE PACKER. AND LATER, MEET A WISCONSIN DAIRY FARMER WITH A PASSION FOR SNAPPING PICTURES ON THE FARM. GROWING CORN AND SOYBEANS IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST YOUR YIELD. IT'S WHAT YOU WERE MEANT TO DO. VISIT ACRES OF POSSIBILITY.COM TO DISCOVER THE POTENTIAL OF MYCOGEN SEEDS.

 

 

HIGH AVOCADO PRICES

HEADING INTO FALL, AVOCADO PRICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE HIGH AS IMPORTERS WAIT ON MEXICO'S CROP TO COME IN. UNTIMELY RAINS AND A LATE DEVELOPING CROP IS SLOWING DOWN AVOCADOS FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER. VOLUMES IN JULY AND AUGUST ARE DOWN 15 PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. THAT SHORT SUPPLY SHOULD PUSH PRICES HIGHER. LAST WEEK, THE U.S.D.A REPORTED PRICES AT $55 TO 57 DOLLARS FOR TWO-LAYER BOXES OF HASS 48S FROM MEXICO. THAT'S DOUBLE WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY U.S. GROWERS ARE ALL BUT WRAPPED UP FOR THE SEASON.

OAKLAND PORT TO OFFER NIGHT SHIFT
ALSO FROM THE PACKER -ONE OF THE NATION'S BUSIEST PORTS HAS DECIDED 
TO PERMANENTLY OFFER A 'NIGHT SHIFT'. THAT DECISION COULD HELP REDUCE DAY-TIME CONGESTION AND IMPROVE SHIPMENTS OF TIME-SENSITIVE PRODUCTS. THE PORT OF OAKLAND'S WILL NOW OPERATE AT NIGHT WHICH HAD NOT BEEN STANDARD PRACTICE IN THE INDUSTRY.

CALIF. REDUCING CATTLE METHANE EMISSIONS
THE TERMINAL GATES ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL THREE IN THE MORNING FOR TRUCK DRIVERS TO HAUL CARGO. ABOUT SIX THOUSAND TRUCKS PASS THRU THE OAKLAND TERMINAL GATES EACH DAY. CALIFORNIA TOOK A MAJOR STEP MONDAY TO RESTRICT AIR POLLUTANTS FROM SOURCES AS DIVERSE AS DIESEL TRUCKS AND LIVESTOCK. DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED THE BILL TO CUT EMISSIONS OF METHANE FROM DAIRY COWS AND OTHER ANIMALS BY 40 PERCENT. THE LAW NOW REQUIRES THE STATE'S DAIRY INDUSTRY TO FIND A WAY TO REDUCE METHANE, SUCH AS USING METHANE DIGESTERS. BUT THOSE SYSTEMS ARE NOT CHEAP. CARBON FROM DIESEL TRUCKS GETS SLASHED BY 50 PERCENT. THIS IS JUST THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF BILLS IN CALIFORNIA FOCUSING ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

 

TEASE
DID YOU STRUGGLE CHOOSING A CAREER AS A YOUNG PERSON? SOMETIMES THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE STARING YOU IN THE FACE. WE'LL EXPLAIN AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

 

DAIRY PHOTOGRAPHER

IN THE COUNTRY -BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S BX AND L SERIES COMPACT TRACTORS -AVAILABLE NOW WITH A SIX-YEAR LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY. LEARN MORE TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER. GROWING UP ON A WISCONSIN DAIRY FARM, DA-NAY BAUER LEARNED THE VALUE OF HARD WORK. AND THAT WORK-ETHIC HELPED HER TURN A HOBBY INTO A FULL-TIME CAREER BEHIND THE LENS OF A CAMERA. THIS VIDEO FROM THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD HELPS TELL THE STORY OF FARM GIRL PHOTOS. DANAE BAUER IS A DAIRY FARMER WHO GREW UP ON A FARM AND KNEW FROM AN EARLY AGE THAT SHE HAD A CREATIVE SIDE, AND AN EYE FOR BEAUTY. "I STARTED PROBABLY WHEN I WAS EIGHT TO TEN YEARS OLD. IT WAS AN INTEREST I HAD AND I'VE ALWAYS BEEN KIND OF A CREATIVE AND MESSY CHILD, AND THAT KIND OF DROVE MY MOTHER CRAZY, BUT I ALWAYS LIKE EXPLORING THINGS AND FINDING NEW WAYS TO BE CREATIVE. AND THE CAMERA WAS SOMETHING THAT KIND OF CAME NATURALLY TO ME." EVOKING REALISM AND CAPTURING THE EVERYDAY MOMENTS ON THE FARM IS SOMETHING DANAE STRIVES TO DO WITH HER PHOTOGRAPHS. "PEOPLE STARTED TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK, AND THEN THEY STARTED ASKING ME IF I WOULD TAKE THEIR PICTURES AND THEN THAT JUST KIND OF GREW INTO MORE OF AN INTEREST AND EVENTUALLY A CAREER!" HER FAVORITE SUBJECTS ARE THE ORDINARY THINGS, LIKE THE NEWBORN CALVES, SHE SEES ON A DAILY BASIS! CAPTURING A MOMENT OF BEAUTY WITH LENS AND LIGHT. "I KNOW HOW COWS LOOK GOOD, AND I LIKE TO CAPTURE THEM LOOKING THEIR BEST. AND I ALSO KNOW THE BACKSTORY BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THEIR ANIMALS, AND I ALSO LIKE TO CAPTURE AND TELL THAT STORY WITH MY LENS." "I SAW HER PAGE ACTUALLY ON FACEBOOK, AND I LIKE, LOVE DAIRY COWS, SINCE I'M GOING TO SCHOOL FOR THAT AND I SHOW DAIRY COWS, I WAS LIKE REALLY INTERESTED IN HER AND I LOVED HER PHOTOS, I THOUGHT THEY WERE AWESOME!" FOCUSING ON THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE CRUCIAL ON A FARM, DANAE MANAGES TO CAPTURE MOMENTS THAT EVOKE A SENSE OF PURITY AND SWEETNESS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THEIR ANIMALS. "THEY JUST TELL ME THAT MY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUCHES A CHORD WITH THEM, IT MAKES THEM THINK OF FOND MEMORIES ON THE FARM. IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL FEELING TO BE ABLE TO TOUCH PEOPLE THAT WAY!" AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF DA-NAE'S'S PHOTOGRAPHY ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE. OR CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE -FARM-GIRL-PHOTOS-DOT-COM.

 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY. THE CHEVY SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

 

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